[ih-nok-yoo-uh s] /ɪˈnɒk yu əs/

not harmful or injurious; harmless:
an innocuous home remedy.
not likely to irritate or offend; inoffensive; an innocuous remark.
not interesting, stimulating, or significant; pallid; insipid:
an innocuous novel.
having little or no adverse or harmful effect; harmless

unlikely to arouse strong feeling; insipid
Word Origin

Latin in- + nocere ‘to injure’

1590s, from Latin innocuus “harmless,” from in- “not” (see in- (1)) + nocuus “hurtful,” from root of nocere “to injure, harm,” from *nok-s-, suffixed form of PIE root *nek- “death” (see necro-). Related: Innocuously; innocuousness.

innocuous in·noc·u·ous (ĭ-nŏk’yōō-əs)
Having no adverse effect; harmless.


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